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Thermaltake Armor Case Review

Former staff writer    -   March 2, 2007


Specifications:



Model Armor Extreme Edition --- VA8004BWS
Case Type Super Tower
Side Panel Windows
Net Weight 16.2Kg
Dimensions 530 x 220 x 560 mm (H*W*D)
Cooling System 2 Channel air guides Front (intake) 120 x 120 x25 mm fan, 1300rpm, 17dBA,
Rear (exhaust) 120 x 120 x25 mm fan, 1300rpm 17dBA, 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Top (exhaust) 90 x 90 x 25mm, 1800rpm, 19dBA
Drive Bays 11 Front Accessible 4 x 5.25", 2 x 3.5"
Internal 5 x3.5"
Material Chassis: 1.0mm SECC
Front Bezel: Aluminum
Color Black
Expansion Slots 7
Motherboards Support up to Extend ATX & AMD Quad FX Platform.


Installation:


Installation for this case is just like that of any other case. First you install your power supply, the standoffs for your motherboard, the back I/O plate, and then mount the motherboard. After that, install your HDD’s and optical drives, the CPU, the RAM, and then video card. After all the hardware is installed into the case, it's time to make all your power, and data connections. After double and triple checking all my connections, I was ready to boot up this machine in its fancy new armor-plated home.

Testing:



Test Setup
  • Intel Q6600 ES
  • Abit AW9DMax
  • 2 x 1 GB Mushkin Xp8500
  • 2 x 750 GB Seagate HDD’s
  • Mushkin 650Watt PSU
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • Thermal Take Big Typhoon VX


For testing this machine I will be gathering CPU idle/Load temps, as well as system temps idle/load from my old Antec Sonata 2 case, as well as from the Armor. I will then be comparing the two side by side in the graphs to follow.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications, Installation & Testing
  3. Conclusion
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